PLATTSBURGH - The Clinton County Sheriff's Department has officially launched Offender Watch, an electronic database which contains names and locations of registered sex offenders.
Clinton County Sheriff David N. Favro made the announcement Oct. 13, at the Plattsburgh YMCA, a location chosen for its stature as a community hub likely to benefit from knowledge of the whereabouts of known sex offenders.
The database, which was funded through money collected from inmate pay phone calls at the Clinton County Jail, compiles information the department receives and processes on a regular basis, explained Favro.
"We're obligated to track and monitor all registered sex offenders in Clinton County," said the sheriff.
When a convicted sex offender moves into the county, that person must register with the sheriff's department, providing information that will be made available to the public based on their sex offender level status, said Assistant District Attorney Doug Collyer. The three levels - Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, with Level 3 being the most likely to reoffend - determine what information will be made public.
"A Level 1 offender is the lowest-risk and must register for 10 years from the date of conviction," said Collyer.
The Level 1 offender is required to give basic information, including a photo and zip code. Level 2 offenders must provide the same, with the exception they must register for 20 years from the date of conviction and their listing may also include additional information about their known whereabouts and places they frequent.
The Level 3 offender, noted Collyer, has the most restrictions.
"A Level 3 offender must register for life. That individual has the most personal information available to the public, that includes a photograph, an exact address of where they live, and can also include information and details about the crimes for which they were convicted or pled guilty to," said Collyer.